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SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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SpaceX Delays Launch of Starlink Orbital Internet Satellites

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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SpaceX to Launch 60 Starlink Satellites, Aiming to Build Orbital Internet

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket launches is small. The solution may be to start […]

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Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s Giant Rocket, to Launch With Large Satellite

[embedded content] The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying anything for a paying customer. Instead, a spacesuit-wearing mannequin, nicknamed Starman, sat in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster that belonged to Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX. Video broadcast from orbit turned into the […]

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SpaceX and NASA to Test Launch Crew Dragon, a New Ride to Orbit

The space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on a runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011, its last flight. That ended an era of American spacecraft carrying astronauts to space. “Mission complete, Houston,” said Christopher J. Ferguson, the mission commander. “After serving the world for over 30 years, the […]

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SpaceX, Elon Musk’s Rocket Company, Cuts 10 Percent of Its Work Force

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk, is laying off about 10 percent of its work force in what it framed as a necessary cutback to position the company for an unchartered future. The company will have about 6,000 employees remaining after the layoffs, which will take place companywide. “To continue […]

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Rocket Launches, Trips to the Moon and More Space and Astronomy Events in 2019

Below are some of the launches, space science and other events we anticipate. You’ll find these and others added to your calendar as their dates approach. The moon will get some visitors ImageCreditNASA/JPL The year is set to start with a moon landing by China’s Chang’e-4 mission. The spacecraft launched in December and reached lunar […]

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Highlights From the Year in Space and Astronomy Developments

ImageThe mysterious Zuma payload took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.CreditMalcolm Denemark/Florida Today, via Associated Press Jan. 7: It seemed like an ominous start to the year when a SpaceX rocket made it off the launchpad, but its mysterious government payload appeared to have gone missing. Nearly 12 months and […]

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SpaceX May Be New Barrier for Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Elon Musk, the brash, outspoken Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strolled into South Texas for the groundbreaking of a site for SpaceX, his private rocket company. Joining Mr. Musk was Representative Filemon Vela, Democrat of Texas, and Rick Perry, who was governor of Texas at the time and is now President Trump’s […]

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It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite

Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made possible through the hard work of firefighters on the ground, with some help from above: a swarm of tiny, orbiting satellites that represent the next phase of the space age. The […]

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Lights, Camera, Blastoff: SpaceX Rockets Light Up California’s Night Skies

Just after sundown on Sunday, people around Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California looked up and spotted the red glare of a rocket. Mara Altman was at a fund-raiser dinner on a farm outside San Diego. A mariachi band had just started playing when the guests caught sight of the rocket. “I had […]

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SpaceX to Announce First Customer for Trip Around the Moon

Someone has booked a trip around the moon on a SpaceX rocket, and the details — including the identity of the passenger — are to be revealed Monday evening at an event at the company’s Los Angeles-area headquarters. SpaceX is scheduled to stream the announcement beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The mystery passenger is […]

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In Elon Musk’s World, Brakes Are for Cars, Not C.E.O.s

Elon Musk was up early on Saturday. He departed Los Angeles, where he runs SpaceX, his private rocket venture, and flew north in his white Gulfstream jet. Stopping in Silicon Valley, he picked up two engineers from Tesla, his electric-car company. They flew on to Reno, Nev., where they spent the day at Tesla’s battery […]

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Elon Musk’s No Good, Very Bad Year

Advertisement “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” said Mr. Musk, the head of Tesla. “It was excruciating.” Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, is facing an intense existential crisis. “From a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come,” he said.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse […]

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